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UPDATE3: Japan, China agree to eye top leaders’ meeting as ties improve

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21:39 25 August 2016

BEIJING, Aug. 25, Kyodo

A key foreign-policy adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Thursday with China’s top diplomat that the two countries will consider realizing a meeting between their leaders as bilateral relations improve.

An official accompanying the trip of the aide, Shotaro Yachi, also told reporters in Beijing that both sides discussed how to mend the often-testy ties, disagreements over the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea, and tensions over North Korea.

Yachi also proposed to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi that a trilateral summit also involving South Korea be held by the end of this year in Japan, the official said.

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